CLEBURNE, TX—Clyde Haralson of Cleburne nominated himself for the Humble Citizen award to be given at next month’s Chamber of Commerce Banquet.
“It’s a great honor that I don’t deserve; I’m truly umbled to have been asked to nominate myself for such an award,” said Haralson in a news release he submitted to the Times.
According to Haralson, for the last five years he’s voluntarily stood on the back row of his church choir to keep from drawing attention to himself. Also, he’s careful to maintain a downward gaze and a contrite look any time he sings a solo.
“Last year,” wrote Haralson, “I gave a large portion of my tithes in cash so as not to receive praise. What I give is between my God and me. Also, when the Lord burdened me to confront the Pastor last month regarding his levity during the previous week’s sermon, I did so in private.”
The Humility Award is the most coveted award bestowed by the chamber, as it only goes to Cleburne’s finest. Many local business men, council members, bankers, pastors, and other politicians humbly display the gold gilded certificates from their office walls.
We asked Haralson who encouraged him to nominate himself for the award.
“They asked me not to reveal their names and I intend to honor that; I am a man of my word. But I will say that I was asked by many, many people to nominate myself for this award. People who are held in high esteem—much higher than I. Who am I, a lowly, umble man, to question that?”